Appalling moment Florida girl aged just three shoots herself while sitting beside relative celebrating football touchdown

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  • The chilling moment was caught on surveillance camera Saturday and shows the girl named Serenity shoot herself in the hand while at home
  • 23-year-old Orlando Young, a relative, was arrested in connection to the incident and is facing charges of child neglect resulting in great bodily harm
  • Serenity was transported to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and underwent surgery on her hand. She was released from hospital on Tuesday 

This is the chilling moment a three-year-old girl accidentally shot herself after picking up an unattended gun in a Florida home.

Serenity had been sitting on the couch next to a relative who was watching football when the incident occurred on Saturday, surveillance camera footage shows.

She was transported to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she underwent surgery before being released from the hospital on Tuesday and returned home where she is now recovering, according to the girl’s grandmother, Robin Fuller. 

Fuller posted the video on her Facebook page, captioned: ‘Video of when my granddaughter shot her self at her OTHER GRANDMA HOUSE.’  

Orlando Young, a 23-year-old relative, was arrested in connection to the unattended gun at the home. Young is now facing charges of child neglect resulting in great bodily harm. He was released from jail on bond Tuesday night.

She was transported to Nicklaus Children's Hospital where she underwent surgery

She was transported to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she underwent surgery

23-year-old Orlando Young, a relative, was arrested in connection to the incident and is now facing charges of child neglect resulting in great bodily harm

23-year-old Orlando Young, a relative, was arrested in connection to the incident and is now facing charges of child neglect resulting in great bodily harm

Young was watching a football game on Saturday at a home in the 11000 block of Southwest 220th Terrace, according to the outlet. 

In the video, Serenity can be seen running to the couch and grabbing the gun left on it. Serenity’s four year old brother was close by. 

Serenity was supposedly under the supervision of her other grandmother, Fuller told WSVN, but only Serenity, Young and the disabled adult were witnessed in the video. 

The video shows Young get up off the couch and celebrate a touchdown when the girl begins to play with the gun. She then accidentally fired a round and shot herself in the hand.

‘It looks as if she is getting ready to pick up the gun, the gun went off and I guess the bullet went through her finger,’ Fuller said to the outlet. 

There was a woman sitting on the couch but she was was reportedly disabled and unable to move. 

Young told police that he momentarily left his firearm unattended on the couch while watching a football game on his laptop. 

On Facebook, Fuller called out the other grandmother who was supposed to be watching her grandchild and accused her of negligence. 

The video shows Young get up off the couch and celebrate a touchdown when the girl begins to play with the gun. S he then accidentally fired a round and shot herself in the hand

The video shows Young get up off the couch and celebrate a touchdown when the girl begins to play with the gun. S he then accidentally fired a round and shot herself in the hand

Young told police that he momentarily left his firearm unattended on the couch while watching a football game on his laptop

Young told police that he momentarily left his firearm unattended on the couch while watching a football game on his laptop

'It looks as if she is getting ready to pick up the gun, the gun went off and I guess the bullet went through her finger,' Fuller said

‘It looks as if she is getting ready to pick up the gun, the gun went off and I guess the bullet went through her finger,’ Fuller said 

Young appeared in court on Monday and is expected back again, with an additional charge for getting into a fight with an inmate

Young appeared in court on Monday and is expected back again, with an additional charge for getting into a fight with an inmate

Young was watching a football game on Saturday at a home in the 11000 block of Southwest 220th Terrace

Young was watching a football game on Saturday at a home in the 11000 block of Southwest 220th Terrace

Footage of Serenity from her hospital bed shows her smiling with a bandaged hand

Footage of Serenity from her hospital bed shows her smiling with a bandaged hand

She was released from the hospital on Tuesday and returned home where she is now recovering, according to the girl's grandmother, Robin Fuller

She was released from the hospital on Tuesday and returned home where she is now recovering, according to the girl’s grandmother, Robin Fuller

Serenity recovers at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in a photo posted by grandmother Robin Fuller

Serenity recovers at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in a photo posted by grandmother Robin Fuller

While Fuller expressed her concern and devastation, she said the outcome could have been even more devastating. 

‘It could’ve been worse than this. I don’t appreciate it at all,’ she added.

She said the family is traumatized by the incident, but hopeful for Serenity’s recovery. She is hoping doctors can save her finger.  

‘They are trying to save the finger so we are just going to pray that the blood flow goes back through,’ Fuller said to the outlet. 

‘The police arrived because I called the police myself when I received the phone call and eventually the police arrived and they asked ‘Where is the baby?’ Fuller said to the outlet.

Footage of Serenity from her hospital bed shows her smiling with a bandaged hand.

‘I don’t want them over there ever again,’ Fuller said.

Young appeared in court on Monday and is expected back again, with an additional charge for getting into a fight with an inmate, according to WSVN. 

In response to the incident, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) told WSVN: ‘The Department conducts investigations concerning all allegations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Information regarding investigations is confidential per section 39.202, Florida Statutes.’







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